A recently released study from the AICPA and NC State show that despite the constant drumbeat for improving and formalizing risk management processes, most organizations are still way behind in their efforts. When 60% agree the volume and complexity or risk have changed extensively over the last five years, and 65% of boards are call for “somewhat” to “extensively” increasing managment involvement in risk oversight, why aren’t more organizations on board with implementing ERM (only 34% have “mature” or “robust” oversight)? We’ll unpack the results of the study, discuss some of the reasons and implications this has on organizations, internal audit, and how to use ERM as a strategic advantage.

Jason Mefford is joined by Joseph McCafferty, Editor & Publisher of Internal Audit 360 who recently reported on this study in an article. https://internalaudit360.com/

You can access Joe’s article “Report: Companies Lad on Improving Risk Management” at https://internalaudit360.com/report-companies-lag-on-improving-risk-management-programs/

Jason Mefford is a Rock Star – Internal Audit, Risk Management and Compliance. He helps Chief Audit Executives (CAE) and professionals with technical & soft-skills training and coaching to navigate the mine fields of audit, risk and compliance in organizations. http://www.jasonmefford.com/ and http://www.meffordassociates.com

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In this five-part series, Mike Volkov and Tom Fox consider COVID-19 from a variety of angles and perspectives; from the Board of Directors, the CCO, the ethical company, new laws and regulations, crisis management and leadership. In this fourth episode, we consider the role of the Chief Compliance Officer and why compliance must step up to the corporate forefront to meet these challenges. Highlights from the podcast include:

  1. Why compliance must NEVER sleep during the coronavirus crisis.
  2. What are some of the specific tactics a CCO can employ during the coronavirus crisis?
  3. What technological solutions can a CCO bring to bear?
  4. What time horizons are you considering?
  5. Why the COVID-19 crisis should force you to be creative?
  6. Why culture assessments are a key tool for a CCO during this crisis.
  7. How will enforcement view the coronavirus crisis three to five years from now?


Mike Volkov

Business Response

Tom Fox

Getting Started

Specific Tactics a CCO Can Employ

A Video Isn’t Just a Video

Eric Feldman on Culture Assessments During Coronavirus Crisis

According to Frank

Continuous improvement can take many ways, shapes and forms. One thing that is most generally not considered is the financial health of the third-party. It turns out such an oversight may have some significantly ramifications for an accurate picture of a third-party. The financial health of third-parties is not only a key metric but also a key due diligence tool which allows a more robust assessment prior to contract signing and in managing the relationship after the contract has been signed.

Continuous improvement through monitoring of ongoing financial health is a tool where technological solutions can have an impact. Understanding the financial viability of third-parties can help the compliance practitioner meet the DOJ requirement to more fully operationalize a compliance program. It can also lead to more and better operational stability and with that ever-sought increase in corporate profitability. As compliance moves into the business process, this type of review should become part of your compliance toolkit going forward.

 Three key takeaways:

  1. What is the financial health of your third-parties?
  2. Poor financial results can open a company to engaging in risky behavior.
  3. Financial health monitoring can be used as continuous improvement.


Amanda talks to ComplianceLive Pre-Production Lead, Account Management Associate, and all-around fun machine Michelle Zychowski from the comfort of her home office!  We discuss how to stay positive about work in the face of COVID-19.



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Welcome to the newest addition to the Compliance Podcast Network, Compliance and Coronavirus. As the Voice of Compliance, I wanted to start a podcast which will help to bring both clarity and sanity to the compliance practitioner and compliance profession during this worldwide health and healthcare crisis. In this episode, I am joined by Michael Cherkasky, Executive Chairman and Head of Exiger Government Services. We discuss how the coronavirus health crisis will test the mettle of your organization and why the preservation of your human capital is job Number 1 for every compliance professional during this crisis.

For more information on Exiger, check out their website here.

This podcast is sponsored by SAI Global. To learn how you can protect your business operations and workforce during these uncertain times, visit saiglobal.com/risk for free resources, expert guidance, and industry-leading technology.